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The Gazette
wing shooting • best guns • shooting school • custom gunfitting
Edition 3                                                                                                                                                                                                           Spring

Up to Speed!


Chris Batha
Chris J. Batha

      SPRING starts at the beginning of March and for the Romans it was the first month of the year. The 21st is the equinox or “equal night” when night and day are the same length, after this date the days grow longer than the nights and winter is really over.
      The season is behind us and I hope that you got to shoot straight and shoot often. This past season was a memorable experience for me and for those of you who joined me in the fields of Georgia, Argentina, Spain and Scotland. I would like to thank you for your company, camaraderie and good sportsmanship.I look forward to many more trips in the future.
      This spring also signals a new beginning for myself, as you will read in this edition of The Gazette and, soon, in the sporting press. I have begun building Best Guns, The Charles Boswell. The ability to do this was only made possible with the help and assistance of Famars di Abbiatico & Salvinelli, Gunmakers of Brescia, Italy. In return for this assistance, I will help them with their advertising, design, shows and marketing in the USA.
      I will, of course, continue to offer Custom Gun Fittings for all of the major gun manufacturers. Further, I will be more than happy to assist you in choosing, specifying and ordering any quality make of gun. Please do not hesitate to contact me on this or any other gunrelated matter. My annual Shooting School program and Sporting Agency will continue as ever and I look forward to seeing you at a Custom Gunfitting, Shooting School or Show this Summer and Fall.

Birds, Boats, Trains and Planes

     Well, the first season of the Chris Batha Wing Shooting Schools has come and gone…three continents visited with Pheasant in Scotland, Partridge in Spain, Dove and Pigeon in Argentina and, of course, Quail in the Southern States of the USA. I would like to thank the friends who joined me on these most excellent adventures!
      For me it is not just the sport, but a combination of fun, superb accommodations and service, not forgetting to mention the extremely well-stocked bars for the imbibing of hard liquor and telling of tall tales in the evenings! These are the times that cement long-lasting relationships, making memories that will last forever. To me, this is truly what hunting is all about…it’s not the size of the bag but the size of the good old-fashioned good time!


     Late December Pheasant, both walked up over flushing spaniels and driven archangels soaring majestically over the line in the Scottish Borders, could only

just be bettered by the driven Red Legs in Salamanca. There the sheer speed and height of these pocket rockets will test any sportsman’s skills! But the real pleasure is felt when a straight shot plucks one from the air to the shouts of “Mucho Alto” from the loaders and bird boys! Now that is an experience which will be savored for a very long time.


     Dorchester Shooting Preserve in Savannah, GA showed us some great dog work and even better quail, exploding the myth that only wild birds fly well. Their combination of annual liberation and the use of flushing Labradors ensures some of the fastest, hardestflying quail anywhere!

Hunting guide

Guides Toby and Ronnie put everything into making sure that my clients got all of the shooting that they could handle.


Birds, Boats, Trains & Planes     1

Schedule of Schools & Shows
   Gamebird African Safaris         2

Viva Argentina!                              3

In The Gun Room
   How To Sell Your Gun, New
   Beretta SO10                               4

Dreams In My Coffee, Changing
   Places                                            5

Guest Columns: John Taylor,
   Susan Quigley                             6

Savile Row Sporting
  What Shot Should I Use?              7

Elephant’s Revenge                         8

Good Gear, Good Reading
   Land Rover Defenders                9

Clayshooting in the
   Off Season                                    10

Sharpening Your “Axe”                11

Speed is Lead and
    Lead is Speed                               12

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